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Aquatic Center at Castaic Lake

Founded in 1976, the CSUN, California State University Northridge, Aquatic Center has become well known throughout the community - and, in fact, the nation - for its excellence in boating and water safety education. The center, which is located at Castaic Lake Recreation Area in the scenic foothills of the Santa Clarita Valley, is of the largest boating education centers in the nation, serving in upward of 4,000 individuals through its credit, non-credit and community service programs each year. From students to community groups to at-risk youth, we truly offer something for everyone!

The Center offers the following activities:

  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Boating Safety Education
  • Outdoor Education Classes

Learn more by choosing the boxes below or start your event reservation now with links on the sidebar

*Program Reservations are for Groups and Organizations only.
Please check back for open registration for individuals not associated with a visiting organization

Department of Recreation Tourism Management Courses

CSUN Department of Recreation Tourism Management provides academic credit courses at the Aquatic Center. CSUN educators provide the highest caliber instruction on Flat water boating, Wake boarding and Water Skiing, Sailing, and many other offerings. Courses are offered during the Spring, and Fall Semesters. 

Courses

RTM 151D. Flat-Water Boating
Introduction to safe travel by kayak or canoe on lakes, rivers, and oceans. Includes equipment, navigation, and techniques for flat-water boating and emergency self-rescue. Emphasis will be on safety, environmental awareness and skill development. Arranged field trips are required.

RTM 265. Water Skiing and Wakeboarding
Prerequisite: Basic swimming skills. Develops proficiency in water skiing skills, including wake boarding, with an emphasis on safety and the proper use of equipment.

RTM 267/L. Sailing and Lab
Prerequisite: Elementary swimming skills. Corequisite: RTM 267L. Development of the skills and art of sailing, including the development of basic seamanship, small boat handling competency, safety procedures and regulations and introductions to competitive sailing and ocean cruising. 1-hour lecture, 2-hours lab per week

You can learn more by visiting http://catalog.csun.edu/academics/rtm/courses/ or http://www.csun.edu/health-human-development/recreation-tourism-management



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Youth Programs- AquaSMART and Paddle Leaders Programs (Scholarship Programs for Rec Centers, and School Groups)

Each year the CSUN Aquatic Center at Castaic Lake serves youth groups from all over Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and beyond to come paddle with us all year round. Our programs are supported by the California Division of Boating and Waterways, alongside the American Canoe Association. During our programs, everyone will learn how to be safe, in, around and near the water. Additionally, we teach how to be safe, and have fun on Canoes, Kayaks, and Paddleboards!

Generous scholarship funding is made available through the California Division of Boating and Waterways. Many LA City Recreation Centers, Schools, and Community Centers qualify for these FREE programs. Call or email us today to find out if your group qualifies for a FREE DAY AT THE LAKE- 661-257-0571, or at

AM Paddling Session  (Canoes, Kayaks, and *Stand Up Paddle Boards)
9:00-12:00 or 10:00-1:00
Available for Groups of approx. 60 or fewer

Full Day Paddling Session (Canoes, Kayaks, and *Stand Up Paddle Boards)
10:00-3:00
Available for groups of approx. 40 or larger.

Fullest Day! Paddling Session
9:00- 3:00
Available for groups of approx. 60 or larger

Programming with us includes;
All parking and entrance fees waived
 A large picnic area with tables and bbq set up
Private paddling at one of our flat water, protected beaches
All necessary boating equipment- boats, paddles, life jackets
Safe, and fun Boating Instructors and Lifeguards

CSUN Aquatic Center Programming is available every day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday. *Swimming is only available Thursday through Sunday.
We know that every group is different and the above times are meant to work as a general menu of services. All days can be custom tailored to the needs of your group.

*The CSUN Aquatic Center reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or alter any programming dependent on weather and conditions

** Inclusive Programming- The CSUN Aquatic Center strives to make all its programming and activities open to everyone, regardless of physical limitations, developmental differences, or unique health issues. We need your help and communication to reach our goals of accommodating all boating experiences. Please let us know if any youth, students, staff or volunteers, might need additional resources to maximize their day on the water. Please share any; developmental delays or disabilities, learning disabilities, limited mobility, visual or audio impairment, etc.

Boy Scout Programs

Whether you are looking for your Scouts first experience on the Water or looking for a comprehensive badge program before your week-long adventure, we can help. Our American Canoe Certified Instructors are well versed in Scouting standards and badge criteria, and provide fun, informative, engaging programs for a range of age groups and all experience levels. Our facility has been certified by Greater Los Angeles counsels and we deliver high-quality badge programs focused on your troop's specific goals. You don't have to leave LA to find amazing outdoor experiences. Use the reservation link below to get starting planning your troops day out on the water! 

Start your Scouting Reservation today

Leadership, Employment and Internship Opportunities

Paddle Safe Leadership Program

Learn how to be a Paddle Sports Leader in your community! Now accepting sign-ups for Spring 2018
For more information check out our program partners at http://www.csun.edu/~mbest/ReConnecting%20People%20With%20Parks.html, email us at , or call us at 661-257-0571

Aquatic Leadership Program

What- The Aquatic Leadership Program (ALP) was developed to train knowledgeable and highly skilled Aquatic Professional and Outdoor Educators who have all the tools and abilities necessary to facilitate the best Boating experiences for the CSUN Community.

Who- We are looking for current CSUN undergraduate and graduate students who are want to share their love of boating and water recreation with others, develop their leadership skills and become Outdoor Adventure Employees. Whether you want to call them Staff, Instructors, Outdoor educators, Facilitators, the ALP provides the opportunities to become true Aquatic Professionals in all sense of the word. During your time in the program you’ll receive your lifeguard certification, learn to teach Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddling, Sailing, and Waterski Wakeboarding at the highest levels. We provide all the tools needed to find success with us. Such trainings include (but are definitely not limited to)

  • Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR for professional rescuers.
  • Leadership skills
  • Group management skills
  • Paddle Sports Knowledge at an American Canoe Association level
  • Sailing at American Sailing Association/US Sailing Levels
  • Teambuilding facilitation skills
  • Class, Trip and course planning
  • Risk management practices
  • Teaching philosophy and techniques

Where- At the Aquatic Center, we believe in “Real” Class rooms, experiential learning, and peer teaching. The vast majority of our program takes place at the beach and on the water at Castaic Lake, 30 minutes north of the CSUN Campus. This is where you will teach paddle skills, sailing and first aid, but your role as an instructor may take you to high school campuses to teach water safety, the classrooms at CSUN to teach First aide, or a farmer’s market to give out free life jackets.

Why- Get paid to wake board, sail, teach, learn, and help folks paddle and play safely.  Meet an incredible community of outdoors men and women. Learn technical boating skills. Learn group management, leadership, and facilitation skills. Become a trained Aquatic Instructor with a skill set that can apply to a variety of other jobs in the fields of Recreation, and Outdoor Education. Experienced unrivaled personal growth and development.

If you have any other questions about the ALP don’t hesitate to contact us by phone, email or in person.

Employment

For all employment opportunities please follow the links below.

CSUN Student Employment- https://csun-csm.symplicity.com/index.php/pid156087?

Non Student Employment- http://www.csun.edu/careers/external-career-applicants

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

For internship or volunteer opportunities please email us at 
Please 
provide your name, contact information and a short message regarding the goals and purpose of your inquiry for an internship. 

Everybody Boats- Our commitment to inclusive opportunities

The CSUN Aquatic Center strives to make all its programming and activities open to everyone, regardless of physical limitations, developmental differences, or unique health issues. We need your help and communication to reach our goals of accommodating all boating experiences. Please let us know if any youth, students, staff or volunteers, might need unique accommodations to maximize their day on the water. Please share any; developmental delays or disabilities, learning disabilities, limited mobility, visual or audio impairment, etc.

Giving Back

Donations- The CSUN Aquatic Center primarily serves urban, minority youth groups throughout the greater Los Angeles area. These free water safety and boating programs are made possible by generous grants from CA State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, and from donations. For information on how you can make a difference by sponsoring deserving youth groups with the opportunity to take part in our educational and empowering programs sponsoring youth groups, please can contact the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management office, or Executive Director Dr. Nathan Martin directly or reach us at AquaticCenter@csun.edu

Volunteering- With the majority of our programs teaching water safety to under served youth groups, volunteers are always pivotal to our success. Whether you have some boating experience or non at all, we need helpful, positive individuals to continue to make our programs some of the best around. Please contact us to find out how you can be a part of what we do. 

 

Contact Us

Nathan Martin
Executive Director

Chris Whitesides
Aquatic Center Manager
661-257-0571

Address
32132 Castaic Lake Drive
Castaic, CA, 91384